ABIA State Government has rejected the establishment of “cattle colonies” for the grazing of cattle by Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The state governor, Okezie Ikpazu, said the government would not cede any portion of land in the 17 local government areas of the state to herdsman as cattle colony.
He cited unavailability of land in the state and civil disorder as reasons behind their stance.
In a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Enyinnaya Appolos, Ikpeazu said the available land in the state was not even enough for the agrarian communities in the state to effectively carry out their farming activities.
-We reject any plan to establish cattle colonies for herdsmen in Abia State.
-We don”t have enough land for our agricultural activities and our people want more land. Giving away any part of Abia land as a colony to herdsmen, wherever they may be from, will be most unjust and unfair treatment to Abia State and her people who are largely farmers.
-Such alien land occupation will also cause unrest and crisis that may grow beyond what we can handle when it happens, so the best thing I think we should do is to reject such plans so that those behind it will know that Abia State is not party to it,” the statement partly read.